Buckwheat honey is one of the most valuable honeys native to Europe when it comes to health benefiting properties. It also is one of the rarest, because of decreasing number of buckwheat plantations.
The sources of nectar are white or pink buckwheat flowers, which blossom in July and August. While liquid, the honey becomes very dark, almost black sometimes. It catalyzes very slowly crating uneven thick and grain form. Once crystallized, it brightens into a black tea color.
It has a very pleasant buckwheat smell, which at the same time is intensive, strong and slightly spicy.
It contains microelements, again, typical to buckwheat. In comparison to bright honeys, it contains more magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, nickel, bohrium, iodine and cobalt. If buckwheat honey is freshly extracted, it has: 51.6% fructose, 46.59% glucose and 0.27% sucrose. There has been established that there is a lot of vitamin C (2.9 – 11.9mg %), B1, B2 and PP. When it comes to the enzymes, content of the buckwheat honey is the richest among other Polish honeys. It has very high antibiotic qualities. According to research, its antibiotic characteristic is slightly better than Manuka honey’s (bear in mind that these two honeys have other differentiating qualities).
Health benefit qualities.
- Atherosclerosis prevention and treatment.
Thanks to the high quantity of easily absorbing magnesium, it regulates neural tension and heart rate. Glucose and fructose are easily absorbed by body and nourish muscles, including the heart muscle. Enzymes called Flavonoids increase elasticity and endurance of capillary which reduces the risk of sclerosis in blood vessels. Another enzyme – Quercetin, absorbs free radicals which, among other harmful qualities, are responsible for sclerosis.
- Liver detox.
High quantity of monosaccharaides (fructose and glucose) especially in freshly extracted honey, nourish liver cells. Buckwheat honey contains more choline than other honeys which is necessary for proper metabolism.
- Diabetes mellitus type 2.
Thanks to high quantity of fructose buckwheat honey (like acacia honey) is recommended for people who suffers from diabetes mellitus type 2.
- Microcytic anemia (iron deficiency anemia).
Because of high quantity of easily absorbed iron and vitamin C this honey is recommended as a prevention or treatment of iron deficiency anemia.
- Bacterial infections prevention and treatment.
According to a research made inPulawy,Poland, this honey has high antibiotic qualities against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. On a scale from 0 – 5, it scored 4!!! It also has been proven that the qualities remained the same, both in freshly extracted and 6 months old honey kept in various conditions.
- Other qualities:
- Some authors claim that this kind of honey improves health during pulmonary diseases, especially the ones which cause high body temperature
- It has been claimed that consumption of buckwheat honey improves recovery after surgical procedures with high blood loss. That might be associated with high iron, vitamin C content and presence of certain enzymes in the honey.
- It decreases fracture and wound healing time.
- According to one Slovenian research buckwheat consumption resulted in increased hemoglobin content. That again proves high iron quantities in the honey.
Remember that only natural raw honey would have these quantities. As you can see the fresher the honey, the better it is. In this case, good local beekeeper or trusted supplier are invaluable.
Please bear in mind that if you are planning to use any kind of treatment, including honey therapy, consult your doctor first. As with any treatment you might have underlying conditions and your physician will be able to prescribe you the best treatment.